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The Circus Hotel Lobby © visitBerlin, Foto: Mo Wüstenhagen

The Circus Hotel on Rosenthaler Platz

Explore Berlin nightlife and beyond at this design hotel

Style, sustainability and friendly service, surrounded by the incredible buzz of one of Berlin’s biggest hubs for culture, food and nightlife: you’ll find all this and more at the Circus Hotel in Berlin Mitte. Here, on vibrant Rosenthaler Platz, you’ll discover incredible international cuisine, fascinating boutiques and all kinds of treats for culture vultures. And best of all, it’s all easily accessible by foot.

Enjoy a warm welcome at the Circus Hotel Berlin

15-Min-Stadt-Hotel The Circus Hotel double room
15-Min-Stadt-Hotel The Circus Hotel double room © visitBerlin, Foto: Mo Wüstenhagen

The Circus Hotel Berlin is a design hotel with all the friendly charm of a classic boutique – and the unmistakable quirky atmosphere of Rosenthaler Platz, a hotspot in the heart of Berlin Mitte. Visitors to the Circus have ringside seats for the culture and history of this incredible spot: the windows of the hotel’s listed building even feature QR codes you can scan to read stories and titbits on the square’s history. Sample the vibes of the city surroundings and enjoy an incredible view of the Berlin skyline from the hotel’s stunning roof terrace – complete with honesty bar (that always goes down smooth). If you’re hot and sweaty from a big night out or need a moment to rest and recharge after the thrills of Rosenthaler Platz, you can chill out in the hotel’s stunning inner courtyard – or in your room, thanks to the sustainable air conditioning system fitted in 2020 as part of extensive renovation works.

The hotel’s friendly staff are on hand around the clock to help make your stay a pleasant one – and offer tips on the city’s best attractions, many of which are within walking distance. They even organise free city tours for guests – all part of the hotel’s travel philosophy, combining hospitality with sustainability and sociability. A winning combination, as guests are sure to agree.

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Rosenthaler Platz: see the sights – and party by night

Rest and relaxation is what the Circus Hotel is all about – and you’re sure to need it after a day (and night) spent at the heart of the action around Rosenthaler Platz. Right on the hotel’s doorstep, you’ll find bustling streets famous for unique shopping, international cuisine and a fantastic slice of Berlin nightlife. Other must-see attractions, like the arty neighbourhoods around Auguststraße and the iconic courtyards at Hackescher Markt, are just a short walk away.

Rosenthaler Platz is immersed in arts and culture. There are countless spots just a short walk away where you can check out an offbeat film or experimental theatre show. Just a short walk from the hotel, you’ll find experimental performance spaces like the Sophiensaele and Freies Theater, or a real-life circus performance at the Chamaeleon Theatre in the Hackesche Höfe courtyards. If you prefer the silver screen, check out the selection of subtitled films on offer at the Hackesche Höfe cinema, too.

If you’d like to relax with a little shopping between shows, there are plenty of independent shops around, too. Fashionistas will love nearby Ecoalf for sustainable style, while literary types will adore the range of cute little bookshops nearby – including ocelot on Brunnenstraße, complete with its own café where you can leaf through your purchases.

When the sun goes down, if you want to party on Rosenthaler Platz, you don’t even need to leave the hotel: its Lost My Voice bar is your first port of call to chill with an incredible cocktail in hand. On hot summer nights, head over to the roof terrace on the neighbouring AMANO Hotel, just 200 m away, to enjoy panoramic views of the city.

Wander between Torstraße and Auguststraße

15-Min-Stadt-Hotel The Circus Hotel Lobby
15-Min-Stadt-Hotel The Circus Hotel Lobby © visitBerlin, Foto: Mo Wüstenhagen

Heading west from the Circus Hotel along Torstraße, you’ll uncover another fascinating part of Berlin’s historic city centre. A growing number of artists have settled in the area between Torstraße and Auguststraße in recent years, developing a burgeoning creative community with its own unique charm. Check out their work in the neighbourhood’s many small galleries, stop by enchanting little street cafés, or stroll and browse studios and workshops.

South of Auguststraße, the Heckmann-Höfe courtyards off Oranienburger Straße embody the classic Berlin ambiance, hidden away from the busy streets by atmospheric old buildings. Here you’ll find delightful little arts and crafts spots, including the Bonbonmacherei sweet factory. If you can’t get enough of Berlin’s unique courtyard vibes, less than 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel down Rosenthaler Straße you’ll find the Hackesche Höfe, which pack quirky restaurants, shops, theatres and cinemas into eight interconnected inner courtyards.

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Your culinary tour of this vibrant corner of downtown Berlin begins at the Circus Hotel itself, where you can enjoy a hearty breakfast courtesy of the Circus lounge and Codos Coffee. For lunch, head over to Sankt Oberholz across the street: this popular bar and restaurant is a traditional meeting spot for up-and-coming players on Berlin’s thriving startup scene. A few minutes walk away from the hotel you can find the Distrikt Coffee, which has lovely breakfast, lunch and also gorgeous homemade cakes.

If you’re looking for a little international flavour, this cosmopolitan corner of Berlin is sure to have something to tickle your fancy. Try out the French bistro VOLK, Japanese burger restaurant Shiso Burger or Chinese dumpling restaurant Yumcha Heroes. If you want to stick to traditional German cooking, try the multi-award-winning restaurant PeterPaul, around 400 m from the hotel – where you can enjoy the best of Teutonic culinary arts, tapas style.

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